The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation

3.47 avg rating
( 34 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780099554394: The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation

A history of England through the eyes of one its most famous and powerful families, the Devonshires

The story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire is the story of England. From 1381—when Sir John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England, was killed during the Peasant's Revolt—to 1906, when the Duke of Devonshire's resignation brought down the Tory government: the family's fortunes (and misfortunes) mirrored the life of the nation. This is also the story of the huge support networks of servants and labor needed to sustain the supremacy of a family whose accumulated wealth, from the Dissolution of the Monasteries to the coming of the railways, saw them found ship ports, holiday resorts, scientific laboratories, stud farms, and some of the most significant buildings in the land. For this new history, Hattersley has been given unique access to the archives, based at Chatsworth, the family seat. Whereas previous books on the Devonshires have dealt with one or two key figures, Hattersley gathers the dynasty in one place: an astonishing accumulation of scientists, soldiers, patrons, politicians, house builders, racehorse breeders, philanderers, and powerful women. The huge personalities in the Devonshire story, and the vibrant details that Hatterley uncovers, make for a lively and illuminating path in to the political, social, and cultural changes that England has endured and enjoyed. Brilliantly researched, this is delicious popular history at its very best.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Roy Hattersley served as deputy leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1992. He has written 19 books, including Buster's Diaries and The Life of John Wesley.

Review:

"A vivid read, crowded with characters and colour" -- Lucy Lethbridge Observer "Jostling with the eccentric and engaging characters from a grand family, Hattersley deftly tells a jaunty story about Britishness through the ages" -- Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday "A seriously comfortable armchair, a magnificent old duffer of a book that deftly knits together a national story into the fabric of a family drama. It does this with all the warmth and affection for history that mark out a former statesman and a first-class storyteller" -- Ian Kelly The Times "A balanced look at a traditional tale of aristocratic power and prestige" -- Hallie Rubenhold BBC History Magazine "This jaunty magnificent book tells the history of Britain just as much as it does of one family" Daily Express

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Roy Hattersley
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Arbella Stuart, their granddaughter, was a heartbeat away from the throne of England and their grandson, the Lord General of the North, fought to save the crown for Charles I. With the help of previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, The Devonshires reveals how the dynasty made and lost fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, patronised the arts and pioneered the railways, made great scientific discoveries, and, in the end, came to terms with changing times. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Roy Hattersley
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800995543940000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Roy Hattersley
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Arbella Stuart, their granddaughter, was a heartbeat away from the throne of England and their grandson, the Lord General of the North, fought to save the crown for Charles I. With the help of previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, The Devonshires reveals how the dynasty made and lost fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, patronised the arts and pioneered the railways, made great scientific discoveries, and, in the end, came to terms with changing times. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Hattersley, Roy
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 20873363-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.02
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Hattersley, Roy
Published by Random House UK (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House UK, 2014. Book Condition: New. William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Num Pages: 496 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBK; HBJD1; WQY. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 131 x 197 x 33. Weight in Grams: 378. . 2014. Reprint. Paperback. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Hattersley, Roy
Published by Random House UK
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House UK. Book Condition: New. William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Num Pages: 496 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBK; HBJD1; WQY. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 131 x 197 x 33. Weight in Grams: 378. . 2014. Reprint. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Roy Hattersley
Published by Random House UK 2014-05-08, London (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House UK 2014-05-08, London, 2014. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Roy Hattersley
Published by Vintage Publishing
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Devonshires: The Story of a Family and a Nation, Roy Hattersley, William Cavendish, the father of the first Earl, dissolved monasteries for Henry VIII. Bess, his second wife, was gaoler-companion to Mary Queen of Scots during her long imprisonment in England. Arbella Stuart, their granddaughter, was a heartbeat away from the throne of England and their grandson, the Lord General of the North, fought to save the crown for Charles I. With the help of previously unpublished material from the Chatsworth archives, The Devonshires reveals how the dynasty made and lost fortunes, fought and fornicated, built great houses, patronised the arts and pioneered the railways, made great scientific discoveries, and, in the end, came to terms with changing times. Bookseller Inventory # B9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Hattersley, Roy
Published by Vintage (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001186708

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Roy Hattersley
Published by Vintage (2014)
ISBN 10: 0099554399 ISBN 13: 9780099554394
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2014. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # EH9780099554394

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.57
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book